Avian flu hits 2 more chicken farms in Yunlin; 30,032 birds culled

Taipei- Two more outbreaks of avian influenza have been confirmed in Yunlin County, leading to the culling of more than 30,000 chickens, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Council of Agriculture said Wednesday.

The bureau said its Yunlin County branch was informed of massive deaths of chickens for unknown reasons by a farm in Dongshih Township on Jan. 13 and received notification of a similar situation from the owner of another chicken farm in the Lunbei Township on Jan. 14.

The Yunlin County office immediately imposed controls on the movements of the chickens and collected specimens for testing.

The Dongshih farm was later confirmed to have been infected with avian influenza virus subtype H5, and the Lunbei farm was infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu subtype, the bureau said.

The confirmations of avian influenza led to the culling of 19,303 chickens at the Dongshih farm and 10,729 at the farm in Lunbei, the bureau said.

There have been eight outbreaks of avian influenza reported in Taiwan so far this year, mostly in Yunlin County. The latest cases brought the total number of birds culled to 93,846 this year, according to the bureau.

Noting that the peak of the avian influenza season has arrived, the bureau urged poultry farmers to take precautions against the virus and pay close attention to the health of their poultry stocks.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel